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Future role of federal government in medicare subject of February seminar

25 Jan 2011

The future of Canadian medicare will be the focus of the CHEPA monthly seminar on Feb. 9.

Gregory Marchildon, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Public Policy and Economic History, will discuss scenarios for the federal role in medicare once the current 10-year health care funding agreement with the provinces expires in two years.

Entitled The Defederalization of Medicare?, the seminar will examine potential scenarios and their consequences for health policy and federalism. Based in part on his long experience with Canadian federalism, Marchildon will examine this topic in the context of the trajectory of provincial health care costs, the federal government's experience with block transfers and their escalators, the iconic but recently ineffectual  Canada Health Act, and the long-term disentanglement agenda of the Conservative government.

The seminar will be held in CRL – B119 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Marchildon is based at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Regina. He is also the university's site director for the Western Regional Training Centre in Health Services Research. 

He served as the executive director of the Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada, chaired by Roy Romanow in 2001-2002. He was also a deputy minister to the premier of Saskatchewan, a cabinet secretary, and deputy minister of intergovernmental affairs during the 1990s.  

He is the author of numerous books and articles on both federalism and health care, including the book, Health Systems in Transition: Canada, published by the World Health Organization and the University of Toronto Press.

His research interests focus on public health care policy in Canada and other advanced industrialized nations, comparative health systems, and the political, administrative and economic history of the Prairie provinces.

Marchildon earned a BA, MA and LLB from the University of Regina, and his PhD in economic history at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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